His family says he was contemptuous of politicians, disappointed in President Obama, and though he was bright he mistrusted people and tended to isolate himself. He was at least sociable for a month last fall, setting up a short-lived Twitter account.
His twitter account @Chr1sCarls0n was created in November and focused mostly on Occupy Wall Street at the peak of the movement, but the account has been inactive since December.
That was when Carlson had himself committed to a Portland psychiatric center as suicidal. Police took four guns and boxes of ammo from his home. The next month police found him barricaded in his apartment. His emotional distress only grew worse as police returned yet again last week on a possible domestic violence call and ended up interviewing Carlson's wife Adrienne.
She reported that, had Carlson not been caught, he would have sent out a second batch of letters with the not-so-harmless chemical lye. How bad would that have been? Well, remember that scene in Fight Club where Brad Pitt horribly burns Edward Norton's hand with a soap-making chemical? Yeah, that's lye: